An example of intimidate is to act very tough to scare your enemies.
- to make timid; make afraid; daunt; cow
- to force or deter with threats or violence
Origin of intimidate; from Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare, to make afraid ; from Classical Latin in-, in + timidus, afraid, timid
transitive verbin·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
- To make timid; fill with fear: The size of the opposing players intimidated us.
- To coerce or deter, as with threats: The police intimidated the suspect into signing a false statement.
Origin of intimidateMedieval Latin intimidāre, intimidāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in–2 + Latin timidus, timid; see timid.
(third-person singular simple present intimidates, present participle intimidating, simple past and past participle intimidated)